By Lauren Thompson Enterprise writer
When Michael Gable died last year at only 38 years old, it was a shock. The cause was a disease known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which creates an excessive thickening of the heart muscle. Two weeks later, his infant daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with the same condition. After a long struggle, she survived.
Gable grew up in Monroe and eventually settled in the Bay Area with his wife and two children. His parents, Beverly and Mike Gable, live in Mill Creek, and Beverly is a counselor for the Edmonds School District.
HCM is the number one cause of cardiac arrest in young athletes. Gable was a star soccer player at Monroe High School, receiving an athletic scholarship to St. Mary’s University in Moraga, Calif.
In order to spread the word about the dangers of HCM, family friend Amy Mayo decided to produce a video in tribute to Gable’s life. Mayo also founded the non-profit Gable Heart Beats Foundation “that supports heart awareness and raises funds for heart research and support in the US,” she said.
Producing the video “was a great way to grieve,” Mayo said.
Mayo will launch the video via e-mail and Facebook on Sept. 17, exactly one year after Gable’s death, in conjunction with a new CD by San Francisco-based band Segue, of which Gable was lead singer. All proceeds from the sale of the CD will go toward Gable Heart Beats Foundation and other heart disease prevention organizations.
“The goal is education – prevention to help save a life,” Mayo said of the video.
Gable, who was biracial, focused his songwriting on spreading a message of equality.
“Michael used his lyrics as a way to spread his beliefs about the equality of all human kind,” Mayo described. The tribute album by his former bandmates will emphasize Gable’s message; the album is titled “One Race Human, a Tribute to Michael Gable,” in his honor.
Visit www.seguesounds.com to download the “One Race Human” album.